Something I take for granted

We have finished the official first full day of the writing workshop at Glen Eyrie, and so far it’s been amazing! I’m really looking forward to today.

The workshop session I’m attending is taught by Mark Mynheir, a former Marine and homicide detective who has written five books. I’ve been really pleased with his teaching style, and today we’re going to tackle character profiles, using techniques he used as a police officer. Should be really fascinating!

I will post more about the conference later, but I just wanted to post about something that has come up in a couple of conversations up here that I have really taken for granted: my critique group.

My best friend and I went to a writer’s group in Wichita some time ago, and we just didn’t feel like we fit in there. So we decided to start our own critique group with just the two of us in it. We supplement each other well, with different strengths and weaknesses. But as time has gone by, we’ve added a few others to the mix. And it’s really become a great group of writers who are strong but also humble about taking advice and criticism.

And I guess that’s not something many writers have. We’ve run into two or three people up here who want to move to Kansas so they can be in our critique group! Ha!

In any case, I guess that’s one thing I’ve learned while I’ve been up here: to be thankful for the other writers in my life. I’ve always been thankful for them, but discovering that other people don’t have access to the same type of group was really eye opening.

Anyhoo … that’s my two cents for today. We were up late last night with a plot structure exercise that involved watching a “delightful” Korean movie. So if I’m not exhausted by the time I get back to the room tonight, I’ll try to post more.

A.C. Williams

Amy Williams left a lucrative career in marketing to write novels about space cowboys, clumsy church secretaries, American samurai, and alternate dimensions. Along the way, she also discovered a passion for teaching other creative professionals how to use technology to make life easier. Through video instruction or one-on-one coaching, she teaches software, blogging, basic graphic design, and many other useful skills that help creative entrepreneurs get stuff done minus the frustration.

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